When the Phoenix Suns signed Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million dollar contract this past Friday there were questions all around. Why would a team who already has Goran Dragic under contract and presumably Eric Bledsoe sign the pint-sized point?
Add in that the Phoenix Suns drafted Tyler Ennis during the 2014 NBA Draft and you clearly have a log jam of point guards, but general manager Ryan McDonough doesn’t see things that way. In fact, he thinks the abundance of guards is a good thing that will allow the team to continually feed the ball into the basket.
“We feel like the strength of our team is the backcourt. We feel like this move has made us even stronger in the backcourt. We were very good when Dragic and Bledsoe were on the court, and we think Isaiah is that caliber of player where if you can have one or two of those guys on the court at all times, you really don’t have any dropoff scoring-wise,” said McDonugh. “You always have multiple weapons. You have guys who can run pick-and-rolls from either side of the floor and can push the floor in transition.”
While that may seem like a good explanation, rumors have circulated (even before the Thomas signing) suggesting the Suns could look to trade a point guard like Dragic to improve other positions. The addition of Thomas will likely only add fuel to that fire.
Of course, both Dragic and Bledsoe can play shooting guard so it’s completely possible that all three players will see the court at the same time if no move is made. However, that’s an insanely small lineup that may struggle on the defensive end.
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